Boyfriend of murdered Florence, NJ woman found dead in barn – New Jersey 101.5 FM
FLORENCE — The boyfriend of a murdered woman has been found dead inside a vehicle in a barn and may have died by suicide, officials say.
According to Burlington County prosecutors, a preliminary investigation has found that Peter Lestician’s body was discovered on Friday by two men riding four-wheelers along an ATV trail in Clearfield County, Pennsylvania. PA State Police were called to an abandoned barn in Cooper Township around 4 p.m. and found his body in the front seat of a locked vehicle.
Lestician, 53, was a person of interest in the death of his longtime girlfriend Sheila Maguire, 54, who was found dead in her Florence home on Monday. While authorities say he was possibly the last person to see Maguire alive, no charges had been filed against Lestician and prosecutors say there is no direct evidence linking him to the homicide.
Investigators say they are working with the district attorney’s office in Pennsylvania to gain permission to search the vehicle and confirm the body’s identity. The Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office says it will continue to investigate Maguire’s homicide.
An autopsy found that Maguire was killed by blunt force trauma to her head at her home on Birch Hollow Drive, prosecutors say. Maguire and Lestician lived together at the home. Maguire’s daughters requested police to make a wellness check at the home Monday after not hearing from their mother for several days, according to prosecutors.
Previous reports said that Lestician had not been seen since last weekend. Prosecutors confirmed that he had not made contact with any family members since Aug. 26.
Maguire’s social media posts say that the couple met around eight years ago when Lestician was a coach for her daughter’s softball team. He led Hightstown High School to its first state title in his second year as coach and was named NJ.com’s Softball Coach of the Year in 2019.
Includes previous reporting from Dan Alexander and Dino Flammia.
Rick Rickman is a reporter for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at [email protected]
Click here to contact an editor about feedback or a correction for this story.
LOOK: These Are the 50 biggest retailers in America
RANKED: Here Are the 63 Smartest Dog Breeds
Does your loyal pup’s breed make the list? Read on to see if you’ll be bragging to the neighbors about your dog’s intellectual prowess the next time you take your fur baby out for a walk. Don’t worry: Even if your dog’s breed doesn’t land on the list, that doesn’t mean he’s not a good boy–some traits simply can’t be measured.
15 sensational places to visit in Seaside Heights and Seaside Park
From amusement rides to all the boardwalk food and lots of water fun, Seaside Heights and neighboring Seaside Park have endured as a family friendly spot for all ages.
Along the way, the Seaside Heights Boardwalk and Casino Pier have been struck with tragic disasters – such as fire, Superstorm Sandy and another fire. Both have proven their resiliency through rebuilding and expansion.